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Watch: Justin Timberlake 'apologizes' to 'absolutely nobody' before performance

Justin Timberlake celebrated his 43rd birthday performing at Irving Plaza in NYC on January 31, 2024

Riba Jawaid

Watch: Justin Timberlake 'apologizes' to 'absolutely nobody' before performance

Justin Timberlake celebrated his 43rd birthday performing at Irving Plaza in NYC on January 31, 2024


Justin Timberlake kicked off a free show at Irving Plaza in New York City on his 43rd  birthday, apologizing to "absolutely nobody. 

In a video shared by Timberlake's pal, Gilberto Hora on his Instagram account, the Selfish singer could be seen standing with a mic on the stage, surrounded by the crowd.

The former NSYNC front man, who performed some of his career's hit tracks and a few singles from his forthcoming album, Everything I thought It Was, took a moment right before performing Cry Me a River.

Before singing  Timberlake paused for a moment to express his candid thoughts with the audience. 

“I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f------ nobody,” Timberlake said before the song.

This cryptic confession appears to be a response on his ex Britney Spears thoughts on Justin's two-decades old song, which she shared in her bombshell memoir, The Woman in Me.

 Spears in her memoir described the plot of the song’s music video as, "a woman who looks like me cheats on him and he wanders around sad in the rain."

The 42-year-old also claimed that the media at that time painted her as a "harlot who'd broken the heart of America's golden boy," while in reality, she was "comatose in Louisiana, and he was happily running around Hollywood.”

Prior to his performance in NYC, the Better Place crooner shared an interlude from his new album, Everything I Thought It Was.

"It’s my birthday and nobody can tell me what to do so here’s a snippet of my favorite interlude on my new album EITIW sorry not sorry to my team see you guys tonight," wrote the singer alongside a soundbite he shared from his highly anticipated album.


To note, during his conversation with Zane Lowe last month, Timberlake revealed that his upcoming album will offer his fans a "real" perspective on his life.

"I was able, on some of the songs, to look back at the past and have a real, not a refracted perspective of what it was because they always say ... you always hear that thing about, well, there's never any truth, there's just everybody's perspective of what happened," he said. 

He continued, "But to really look at it and be able to metabolize and verbalize my perspective on it, I don't think I've ever really done that before."

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